The Power of Positive Confession

By Stanley O. Williford
Director of Publications

How did the word confession acquire such a negative connotation? Tell someone you’re confessing and some people think you’re probably facing a jail term.

But that shouldn’t be true for Christians.

This review first ran in November 2016.
After all, it is by the confession of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord that one becomes saved. It is by the confession of healing that one achieves healing, and by the confession of prosperity that one rises above poverty and lack.

“What is confession?” Apostle Frederick K.C. Price asks in his book, The Power of Positive Confession. “Confession in Greek means that you ‘agree with’ or ‘say the same thing that God says about you and or your circumstances.’

“In most churches we are usually told that if we confess our sins the Lord will save us, and that is untrue,” he writes.  “That is not the way you get saved. Nowhere in God’s Word does He require the sinner to confess his sins so that he can get saved.”  

Apostle Price points out that many believe they need to confess their sins to receive salvation because of a misreading of First John 1:9.

That verse says: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

But, as Apostle Price explains, the disciple John, the author of that book, was not writing to sinners, but to Christians.  “Technically, the only sins that God forgives are Christians’ sins,” Apostle Price writes.

“God does not require sinners to confess their sins in order to get saved,” he says.

“Christianity is confession – from beginning to the end. You confess your way into the Kingdom of God with your mouth, and then you confess your way to the top of righteousness and victorious living in Christ.”

Here are the words from Jesus’ own mouth in Matthew 10:32-33:

“Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

“But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” Jesus’ words should make it clear that confess, confession and confessing are good and not negative words, although they can be used negatively as well.

Proverbs 18:21 says this:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.

“That means that with your tongue you can speak life to your life or death to your life,” says Apostle Price. It all depends on what you believe and confess.

Hebrews 10:23 says:

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

“In other words, do not give up saying and believing. I added believing because believing goes with faith,” Apostle Price writes.

Apostle Price says that “Christians need to learn how to be positive. By this I mean positive in line with God’s plan and purpose. . . . Thinking positively is always better than thinking negatively, and it will put you in a better frame of mind to accept what is going on around you. However, it will not change the circumstances. On the other hand, the power of positive confession, in line with God’s Word will change your circumstances in a positive way.”

Apostle Price reminds readers of a law in Mark 11:23 that reads:

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.   

“The power of positive confession works. If you believe that it will come to pass, you have to say it. We receive what we say if we believe in our hearts. This is the Word of God! That law, Mark 11:23, will work for you whether you are a saint or a sinner because it is a law.”

Apostle Price has written a most powerful book on how what you say – or confess – can drastically change your life. And there is so much more. For many, aside from the Bible, this might be the most important book they’ll ever read, and the most important lesson they’ll ever learn.  

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